[COVID19] Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
Getting your workplace readyfor COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Prevention measures such as those described below should be taken now, even if COVID-19 countermeasures are not in place in your community.
The measures should be included in the workplace risk assessment that covers all risks, including those caused by biological agents, as national occupational health and safety legislation.
1. ENCOURAGE WORKERS STAYING HOME WHEN SICK
Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to the workplace and in other areas where they will be seen.
2. FREQUENT HAND WASHING
Instruct workers to clean their hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
3. WIPING DOWN COMMONLY TOUCHED SURFACES
• Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by workers.
4. THE USE OF FACE MASKS
Wear face masks properly when working with other persons, or when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance from other people. Such situations may arise not only in the workplace, but also at clients premises, when carrying out visits or deliveries, or when using public transport.
5. PROVISION OF LIDDED WASTE BIN WITH A GARBAGE BAGS
Provide workers with tissues and waste bins lined with a plastic bag so that they can be emptied without contacting the contents.
6. ROUTINELY CLEAN ALL TOUCHED SURFACES IN THE WORKPLACE
Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and door handles. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
7. MEASURE THE TEMPERATURE OF THE WORKERS DAILY
Brief and measure the temperature of the workers, contractors and customers that anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home. They should also stay home (or work from home) if they have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection
8. MINIMISE CROWDING THE WORKPLACE
If it is feasible for your business, promote teleworking across your organisation and allow workers to work flexible hours to minimise crowding the workplace. As part of the COVID-19 countermeasures in your community, the health authorities may advise people to avoid public transport and crowded places. Teleworking will help your business keep operating while your workers stay safe.
The best way to reduce any risk of infection is good hygiene and avoiding direct or close contact (closer than 2 metres) with any potentially infected person. Any worker who deals with members of the public from behind a screen should be protected from airborne particles.
References : https://oshwiki.eu/wiki/COVID-19:_guidance_for_the_workplace